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Reflections of an English teacher

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Hello! I am a secondary school English teacher working in an inner-city, diverse secondary school in the Midlands. I have been teaching for a number of years – a lot of my experience is within the world of TEFL. I have taught abroad and spent time teaching alongside studying my degree. You can find out more about me, my experiences and passions on my blog.

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The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations

As teachers, particularly during the training and NQT years, we are told that expectations, high expectations, are the key to classroom success. According to the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards (2011), the very first ‘standard’ states that a teacher must:  ‘Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils; establish a safe and stimulating environmentContinue reading “The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations”

How relevant is the teaching of Shakespeare in inner-city secondary schools in 2021?

Whilst finishing the tremendously exciting unit of work on creative writing, I announced to my bright year 9 group that when we return from home learning we will be starting the next unit of work…on… Shakespeare! Even through the normally blank, silent screens, I was met with a groan and sad emojis in the classContinue reading “How relevant is the teaching of Shakespeare in inner-city secondary schools in 2021?”

Pandemic Pandemonium

I completed my training year when the world first went in to lockdown in March of 2020. Teacher training in the UK is already a tough year, but add in the elements of working from home with little to no real contact from the training provider, with the expectation to carry on online teaching (whichContinue reading “Pandemic Pandemonium”

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